With words one man can make another blessed, or drive him to despair; by words the teacher transfers his knowledge to the pupil; by words the speaker sweeps his audience with him and determines its judgments and decisions. Words call forth effects and are the universal means of influencing human beings.
This is how men ought to be, in order to be happy and to make others happy; but you have to reckon on their not being like that.
Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.
Man has, as it were, become a kind of prosthetic God. When he puts on all his auxiliary organs, he is truly magnificent; but those organs have not grown on him and they still give him much trouble at times.
We believe that civilization has been created under the pressure of the exigencies of life at the cost of satisfaction of the instincts.
Only a rebuke that 'has something in it' will sting, will have the power to stir our feelings, not the other sort, as we know.